Flooding the Dance Floor With Political Pitches

The ticket to the White House could be any number of things. Early voting. High turnout among the party’s base. Ohio. A one-stop destination for the latest political news — from The Times and other top sources. Plus opinion, polls, campaign data and video. But Republicans and Democrats seem to agree that their chances improve markedly if they can win over one important constituency: the audience of “Dancing With the Stars.”

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Joe Ricketts: The new billionaire political activist

After amassing great wealth building TD Ameritrade, Joe Ricketts bought the Chicago Cubs for his family. Now he is spending millions to promote his political vision and unseat the president. Meet a big behind-the-scenes player in the newly deregulated electoral system.

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Investor Bankrolls Big Romney Campaign

A billionaire investor whose family owns the Chicago Cubs is pressing ahead with a multimillion-dollar pro-Republican political campaign, bucking a political furor that emerged when the effort first become public.

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Joe Ricketts ad blitz has Romney fingerprints

Unlike the controversial aborted pitch for a $10-million attack highlighting Rev. Jeremiah Wright, billionaire investor Joe Ricketts’s new super PAC campaign will use themes and players blessed by Mitt Romney and his allies.

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